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Gemma Taylor

Researcher (Alumni)


Lancaster University

A bit about Gemma Taylor

Baby media are highly prevalent in children’s day-to-day lives including storybooks, children’s television, DVDs, video games and more recently, mobile apps. I am interested in how infants and young children learn from baby media. During my PhD at the University of Sheffield, I looked at the relationship between infant visual attention when learning from television and learning outcome. I have since completed a Post-Doc at Binghamton University in New York looking at the role of visual attention on the transfer deficit, a phenomenon whereby infants and young children typically learn less from baby media than they do from a live interaction.

My Role in LuCiD

I was a Research Associate and Babylab Manager at Lancaster University. Within LuCiD, I investigated word learning by infants and young children aged between 6-months and 3 years. Specifically, I  looked at how infants and young children transfer words learnt from baby media to the 3D world.

LuCiD publications (9) by Gemma Taylor

Taylor, G., Kolak, J., Norgatea, S.H., Monaghan, P. (2022). Assessing the educational potential and language content of touchscreen apps for preschool children Computers and Education Open.

Taylor, G., Kolak, J., Bent, E. M., & Monaghan, P. (2022). Selecting educational apps for preschool children: How useful are website app rating systems? British Journal of Educational Technology, 1-24

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P., & Westermann, G. (2018). Investigating the association between children’s screen media exposure and vocabulary size in the UK. Journal of Children and Media., 12, 51-65.

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P. & Westermann, G. (2016). Children’s verb learning from touchscreen apps. Poster presented at the Lancaster Conference in Infant and Child Development, Lancaster, UK.

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P. & Westermann, G. (2016). Children’s verb learning: Touchscreen apps versus live interactions. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society: Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference, Belfast, UK.

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P. & Westermann, G. (2016). Can children learn verbs from touchscreen apps? Paper presented at The 2nd International LuCiD Language and Communicative Development Conference, Manchester, UK.

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P. & Westermann, G. (2016). The role of storybooks and screen media exposure on children’s language development. Poster presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies , New Orleans, LA, USA.

Taylor, G. & Herbert, J.S. (2015). The role of language cues on flexible memory retrieval at 12-months of age. Poster to be presented at the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology , San Sebastian, Spain.

Frost, R., Twomey, K. E., Taylor, G., Westermann, G. and Monaghan P. (2015). Word for word. Nursery World Magazine, 27 July, 21-23

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